"Horror Pickers" by Howard Jackson is published

Top Quote A compendium of commentary on 40 well-known horror classics. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 21, 2016 - "Horror Pickers" by Howard Jackson is published (ISBN #978-1909086197) About the Book: Howard Jackson takes a break from writing his own acclaimed horror fiction to examine and discuss forty horror films - some famous, some overlooked and the merely popular. The films included in the collection range from 1945 to the present day and include selections from around the world. Although good humoured the criticisms pick at various gloomy themes such as death, the impact of time, the struggle for identity, human frailty, male narcissism, unreliable reality, faith, destiny, obsession, good and evil and much more.

    'Horror Pickers', though, is not gloomy but affirmative. Horror films may have blood and gore but Jackson discovers an alternative and satisfying world full of intelligence and ideas.

    'Marvellous and entertaining. Jackson is well read and thoughtful. He picks at the films until he finds surprises that will make viewers and readers think again. His review of 'Amour' makes 'Horror Pickers' an essential read.'
    - Crime Chronicles

    About the Author:
    Howard Jackson was born in Merseyside and has spent most of his life in Liverpool. He has had five other books published by Red Rattle Books. These are Treat Me Nice, Innocent Mosquitoes, No Money Honey, Nightmares Ahead and Choke Bay.

    Excerpt from the Book:
    "The horror movies in this collection are not without spice, and not all of that spice is subtle. In most horror movies people suffer. But even the best restaurants cannot survive on spice alone. A meal requires meat, fish or something interesting with a vegetable, and a horror movie needs not only narrative but also ideas or a theme or message. In a restaurant the meat and fish are deliberate. In a movie the theme may be intentional or a hidden consequence of how the characters behave and their circumstances.

    This book is for horror pickers, those people who, like Alan Freeman, are serious and curious. Those who are serious about horror movies are like curious restaurant diners. They can appreciate spices but need to know what they have eaten. Diners, of course, sometimes make mistakes and trust menus and flattering waiters. Some diners have unwittingly eaten poodles and swallowed prohibited germs. The same can happen with movies. What the screenwriter and director intended may not be what the viewer and critic understand, what we swallow."

    Amazon review:
    5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful commentary on some classic horror movies
    By Wordly Traveller on 15 Dec. 2016
    Format: Paperback

    This is an excellent collection of reflections on some of the most memorable horror films of all time.

    The author takes you on a rollercoaster in reviewing 40 films, including THE SHINING, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, THE MIST, POLTERGEIST and others from all around the world.

    Insightful and revealing. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about the horror genre.

    "Horror Pickers" by Howard Jackson is available in paperback from Amazon.co.uk at:

    The compendium of commentary on classic horror movies can also be downloaded in e-book format from Amazon at:

    Press/Media Contact Details:
    Howard Jackson
    Managing Director
    Red Rattle Books
    E-mail: jacksonhoward09 ( @ ) googlemail dot com

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